Geneseo CC teams earn second place in conference
Both Geneseo cross country teams gave state-ranked Dixon a run for their money Oct. 18 in the NCIC meet at Richmond Hill. The Dixon girls and boys each captured the conference titles, while the Leafs and Lady Leafs received runner-up honors.
“The Dixon girls have only eight on the team and have really exploded, they are the real deal,” said head coach Don?Fredericks. “This was Dixon’s first championship ever and that is a significant accomplishment.”
Leading the way for the Lady Leafs was Stephanie Kennett (1st team all conference), in her final run at Richmond Hill, who raced to a third-place finish to break up Dixon’s top 5 sweep. Kennett finished the race with a time of 19 minutes and 44 seconds.
“Stephanie ran out of her mind and ran a phenomenal race,” said Fredericks. “The girls ran great from top to bottom and we are extremely pleased with the effort. They are coming on like we wanted.”
Joann Chenoweth (1st team all conference) crossed the finish line in seventh place with a time of 20:30.
Amy Cosgrove, Paige Gatter and Danielle Dewey placed nine, 10, 11 to earn second team all-conference honors. Cosgrove finished ninth in 20:50, followed by Gatter 10th in 20:54 and Dewey, 11th in 21:12.
Jenny?Ford ended the race in 15th in 22:09, followed by Hilary Lohman in 22:42 and Taylor Cook, 25:50.
On the boys’ side, Josh Lodge and Anthony Ironthunder nabbed first team all-conference honors with top 7 finishes. Lodge placed fifth in 16:35, followed by Ironthunder in seventh at 17:02.
“The guys race was a lot closer than the results showed,” said Fredericks. “We ran exceptional and the pack was solid.”
Thomas Sigwalt, Carlisle Evans-Peck and Kyle Reiling all received second team all-conference recognition. Sigwalt finished 10th in 17:37, followed by Evans-Peck in 11th at 17:43 and Reiling, 13th in 17:55.
Branden Smith took 15th in 18:05, while Chris Bisom came in at 18:15 and Ian Mattan, 19:05.
Rounding out the effort for Geneseo were Chad Ford, 19:38; Jon Aper, 19:52; Tyler Timmerman, 19:55; Andrew Kellogg, 20:10; A. J. Kellogg, 20:58; Cameron Hodgson, 21:04; Alex Strohmeyer, 21:29; Jacob Carton, 22:57; and Ethan Koisti, 23:36.
Britta Conrad earned all-conference honors at the freshman/sophomore level with a third-place finish in 24:43. Mariah?Carney placed ninth in 27:20, while Amanda Morse came in 12th at 29:02.
The f/s boys’ team placed second overall with two runners finishing in the top 10. John Mullin in eighth in 21:12 and Greg Pemble ninth at 21:12.10.
Others racing for Geneseo were Jesse Mohr, 21:40; Tom Dellett, 22:32 and Mickey Christensen, 24:05.
The Geneseo girls will compete at noon and the boys at 12:45 p.m. Oct. 25 in the IHSA Regionals at Lake Storey Park in Galesburg for a chance to move on to sectional competition.
“We have to show up and get the job done,” said Fredericks. “We need to bring our A game.”